Are you one of Philip Hammond’s ‘Jam’ families? We want to hear from you

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond reads through his Autumn Statement. Picture: Stefan Rouss

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond reads through his Autumn Statement. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The government is today expected to announce more help for so-called Jams - families who are 'just about managing' - in today's Autumn Statement.

Philip Hammond is expected to unveil measures to help families narrowly avoiding poverty and feeling left behind by globalisation.

With wages having suffered since the financial crash and house prices having risen, many consider themselves to be part of this demographic.

Jam households have at least one person in work, but are half as likely to have a degree as the rest of the population.

They are not always low-income households - those making as much as £50,000 a year could be included.


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The expected measures include:

• Increasing the National Living Wage to £7.50 an hour from April 2017 and spending £4.3m each year to strengthen minimum wage enforcement

Banning letting agents fees to help 4.3m households in private rented housing

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• Reducing the Universal Credit taper rate to 63pc so people who progress in work can keep more of what they earn

Will you benefit from the changes? We'd like to hear from you - call 01603 772313, tweet @EDPLauren or email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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